Once the springs had been painted my next job was to refit the springs to the dampers. This turned out to be a bit more difficult as the uprated springs were very difficult to compress far enough. I tried a couple of different spring compressors and ended up taking them to my cousins who bravely fitted the spring for me using his pair of spring compressors and a vice to stop the springs from taking his head off ;o)
Once thing to note is the nipples in new top ball joints from Graham Walkers are lousy! When I tried to attach my grease gun to the nipple the top nipple came straight out of the thread. I tried putting it back in an tightening it, but the lower fitting is so week, it just spun around. I decided to fit the grease nipples from my old ball joint, which is better made and a lot stronger!!
The trunnion has a threaded hole in the top. This is for the lock stop, which will adjust the amount of lock you have on your steering (Adjust once all the steering/suspension has been fitted. It should adjusted properly to help avoid the trunnion bolt hitting the rear of your brake disc on full lock!)
Next job was to fit the trunnion to the lower wishbones by using the new trunnion kit (consists of new bolt, 'o' rings, nylon/plastic bushes, cup washers and large washers). Make sure they are all lightly greased, to help with longevity.
I decided while I had all the brakes off, I would clean and paint the brakes dust covers. This meant that I will have to carefully remove the brake pipes. A bit of plus gas definitely helped undo the stubborn fittings and then I was able to drain the brake fluid and clean out the reservoir.
Once I had double checked I had tightened all the nuts and bolts up I then bled the brakes before fitting the wheels and getting the car back of the axle stands. The M.O.T was needed so I could now re-tax the Scimitar. I still had to fill the engine with new motor oil, fill gearbox with new oil, fill differential with new oil and and fill the cooling system with new antifreeze/water. I had booked the Scimitar for it's M.O.T on 22nd May at 3.55. I finished putting the car back together about and getting it off the axle stands around 3.30!
Did it pass the M.O.T? You will have to read the next section ;o)
Special Thanks to the staff at AVO for their advice and support:
and to the staff at Graham Walkers:
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